In classical music, an arpeggio is a chord played one note at a time.

Using modern software like Spectrasonic’s Omnisphere and others, you can play a single note and have it trigger a whole chord, or multiple octaves from that one note.

Or you can play a chord as a traditional block chord and have it play each note in perfect time in any pattern you choose: straight up from the bottom, or vice versa, or one then the other, or in random patterns.

It used to only work for certain styles of music because the arpeggiators were limited to a standard straight groove, but now you can adjust the swing and other parameters and match a groove.

You still have to play in time, and this is where it really helps to have everyone playing with a click, … and it becomes especially important for the rest of the band to match up to the rhythms the keyboard is playing.

Anyhow, take a look at this AWESOME instructional video by Spectrasonics:


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